Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Kuppe founded Acero in 2006 and remains the Chief Executive Officer. He has over 25 years of Oil and Gas experience in Project Engineering and Management.  Mark has been involved with various sizes of projects that range from wellsite installations to facility optimizations to international EPFs, CPFs, terminals and more.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta (1990) and is a registered member of APEGA, APEGS and APEGBC. Mark stays involved in the day to day operations of Acero while occasionally still providing Project Management and Engineering support where needed.

VP of Operations / Senior Project Manager

Salim Zaghmout has been a part of the Acero team since 2011. He brings over 18 years of extensive international project engineering experience in the energy industry; from design through to and including, construction and commissioning.

VP of QHSE & Project Services

Mike Krebs has been a part of Acero since 2011. He has over 22 years of international and domestic Oil and Gas experience in both equipment fabrication and EPCM environments. Mike has spent the last 14 years as a Project Manager in the design and fabrication of heat exchangers, engineering of heavy oil equipment packages, oil and gas facility upgrades, well-site tie-ins, and pipeline projects.

VP of International Operations / Project Director

John Fayad brings to Acero a technical background as well as a Project Managerial and business acumen that stretches from the Middle East and Africa to North and South America.  John spent several years as a construction field engineer in the United Arab Emirates before immigrating to Canada.  At Acero, John has acted as Project Manager, Project Sponsor and as well, as Acero’s VP of International Operations. John’s experience affords him both technically and commercially awareness of all aspects of his projects.

VP of Finance & Administration


Rola Bittar joined the Acero team as the V.P of Finance & Administration in 2011. Since 2008, her experience has been in private accounting (primarily financial and managerial) within in the manufacturing, telecom and oil & gas industries. Her current responsibilities include analyzing financial information, preparing financial reports, performing financial forecasting, transmitting and approving domestic and international payments, insuring accounts receivable and accounts payable, increasing efficiency and improving workflow through creative process improvements, and insuring Acero’s human capital. She also sets goals, business metrics and standards, comparing analyzed results to ensure departments meet their milestones.  Rola has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Mount Royal University.

Design Drafting Manager


Alex Silasi has over 21 years of piping design experience, including Lead/Manager experience, designing 3D models, generating PFDs, P&IDs, plotting plan layouts, overseeing design and layouts of projects, standards development, planning, allocating and reviewing work programs as well as mentoring and supporting drafting teams. Alex has earned his Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technician and Bachelor in Business Administration degrees.

Process Engineering Lead

Richard Enns has over 30 years of experience in process design and project management.  His experience includes conceptual design, detailed specification, commissioning and start-up of land-based and off-shore oil and gas production facilities, gas plants, refineries and petrochemical facilities, as well as multiphase and dense phase pipeline systems on land and undersea.  He has been published in technical journals, taught technical seminars and has contributed presentations to both clients and professional societies.

Electrical, Instrumentation, and Controls Engineering Lead

Tim Fernandes joined the Acero team in 2014 and brings over 20 years of experience in the energy industry including over 15 years associated with electrical, instrumentation and controls as a field technician. He is experienced with all aspects of electrical, instrumentation, and controls with respect to engineering, design & drafting, construction, commissioning/start-up and maintenance. He prides himself on being an efficient and dedicated multi-task worker with a strong team building attitude complimented by the ability to comprehend multiple disciplines and adapt to new technologies. He has been involved in both domestic and international projects ranging from single well riser/battery to power generation facilities (250kW-100MW) as either engineering/design, field technician and/or on & off site consultant thus giving him the opportunity to be familiarized with process equipment, operations, and daily maintenance.

Civil/Structural Engineering Lead

Ken Olshaski is a professional engineer with over 26 years of engineering experience, 24 as a consultant in the oil and gas industry and 2 years as an engineering investigator/inspector. Engineering experience involves all aspects of being a Civil/Structural Engineering Lead; cost estimates, budget controls, design scope and specification development, municipal permitting, personnel direction and mentoring, analysis, design, quality control, construction review and assistance.

 Regulatory Specialist

Ginette Brown is an experienced regulatory and compliance specialist with over 17 years of experience plus 9 years of experience in procurement.  She is a SAIT graduate in Chemical Engineering Technology, and CET with ASET, with a vast knowledge of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan regulations.  Ginette manages the regulatory applications for facility and pipeline projects, ensures compliance for application audits with the AER, coordinates pressure piping registration applications, checks notification letters, prepares regulatory strategies, provides regulations and advice to engineers during the design phase of a project.

Engineering Manager

Randy Unrau brings over thirty five (35) years of experience in the design, construction, modification and troubleshooting of gas processing and oil production equipment, usually in the role of Project Manager and/or Project Engineer. His responsibilities have included equipment procurement and sizing, development of budgets and schedules, management of engineering and mechanical teams, as well as the coordination of construction contractors and consultants, cost control, and FEED studies. Randy received his B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Calgary.

Project Manger

Adam Friesen has over 12 years of results driven project management, leadership and technical engineering experience in western Canada. His primary scope of expertise involves the planning, detailed design, procurement, project development and project execution of pipeline and facility projects ranging in value from $100K – $10MM. His secondary role involves the development of schedules and budgetary costs for long range development plans. Adam thrives in a fast pace environment and is driven to achieve objectives “on-time and on budget” with integrity and honesty.  Adam holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Project Manger

Ahmad El-Sayed has eighteen (18) years of experience working for producers, EPCs and vendors in the oil and gas industry. His technical background working with compressors, rotating equipment, and as an engineering technologist has availed him the skills to understand the technical details of projects he is in charge of, and to practically translate this knowledge into the development and maintenance of estimates, schedules, and other project-critical items.

Project Manger

Rohan Balkaran is a fourteen (14) year, results-driven, safety-focused professional engineer who brings a valuable set of skills and broad range of field experience to the design table; having worked extensively in the field (primarily in central and northern Alberta) for the better part of the past decade.  Rohan has worked in conventional gas conditioning and oil processing facilities troubleshooting, de-bottlenecking, optimizing, designing and operating. He is enthusiastic in resolving challenges of various complexities as a member of a team, independently (as he has operated in the field), or through leadership as a project manager. Rohan brings a practical understanding of “how things are really done”, to the design stage of projects; resulting in project outcomes that are technically grounded and aligned with how they are truly implemented in the field; minimizing rework, redesign and/or redlining.

Project Manager

Hugo Barroso is a Project Manager with over 10 years of oil and gas experience in western Canada, and over 5 years of field operations experience in South America.  He possesses solid working knowledge of ASME B 31.3, B31.8, CSA Z662, API 11P, API 650, API 653, API 12J and API RP 14E as well as a combination of technical office know-how and practical field installation requirements.